Police within the Northern California metropolis of Alameda launched physique cam footage late Tuesday that exhibits officers pinning a person to the bottom for greater than 5 minutes throughout an arrest final week that resulted in his dying.
Mario Gonzalez, 26, stopped respiration after an April 19 scuffle with police at a park in Alameda.
A police assertion stated Gonzalez had a medical emergency after officers tried to handcuff him.
His household contends he was killed by police who used extreme drive.
The practically hourlong video from two officers’ physique cameras exhibits police speaking to Gonzalez in a park after receiving 911 calls that he seemed to be disoriented or drunk. Gonzalez appears dazed and struggles to reply questions.
When Gonzalez does not produce any identification, the officers attempt to drive his arms behind his again to handcuff him however he resists they usually take him to the bottom.
The officers repeatedly ask him for his full identify and birthdate.
“We’re going to handle you, OK, we’re going to handle you,” one officer says.
“I believe you simply had an excessive amount of to drink right now, OK? That’s all,” the identical officer says. Later, he provides, “Mario, simply please cease preventing us.”
Gonzalez, who weighed about 250 kilos, grunts and shouts as he lays face down on some wooden chips whereas the officers restrain him. One officer places an elbow on his neck and a knee on his shoulder.
“He’s lifting my entire physique weight up,” an officer says at one level.
One officer additionally seems to place a knee on his again and leaves it there for about 4 minutes as Gonzalez gasps for air, saying “I did not do nothing, OK?”
Gonzalez’s protests seem to weaken and after about 5 minutes he appears to lose consciousness.
Shortly earlier than he stops respiration, one officer asks the opposite: “Suppose we will roll him on his facet?” however the different solutions, “I don’t need to lose what I received, man.”
Apparently looking for reassurance, the primary officer asks “we received no weight on his chest?” then repeats “No! No weight … no weight.”
“He’s going unresponsive,” one officer says.
The officers roll Gonzalez over and carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation however he was later pronounced lifeless at a hospital.
Gonzalez left a Four-year-old son and likewise was the primary caretaker of his 22-year-old brother, who has autism, his household stated.
An post-mortem is pending to find out the reason for his dying however at a information convention Tuesday, relations blamed the police, saying officers escalated what ought to have been a minor, peaceable encounter with the unarmed man.
“The police killed my brother in the identical method they killed George Floyd,” stated his brother, Gerardo Gonzalez.
“He is a stunning man. He is respectful, on a regular basis,” stated Mario’s mom, Edith Arenales. “They broke my household for no purpose.”
Alameda “is dedicated to full transparency and accountability within the aftermath of Mr. Gonzalez’s dying,” the town stated in an announcement. It stated Gonzlez’s dying is beneath investigation by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Division, the county district lawyer’s workplace and a former San Francisco metropolis lawyer employed by the town to steer an unbiased probe.
The three officers concerned within the arrest have been positioned on paid depart through the investigation.